They may actually have salvaged the mess Josh Trank reportedly made of the first cut of the Fantastic Four movie to create something watchable. We confess that this new spin on the troubled 20th Century Fox release has us at least interested enough to want to go see it for ourselves.

The delivery of this movie was purportedly delayed to give Trank enough time to reshoot substantial portions of the film. The word was that Twentieth Century Fox was deeply dissatisfied with the direction the film was going, and that the general impression was that Trank was in over his head. Rumors (which Trank now denies) had him being replaced at the last minute and the movie essentially redone without him. Other rumors (also unverified) suggest that producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and producer Hutch Parker, who rumors said  often had to help take charge of things – and were so “heavily involved” with the reshoots (some taking place as recently as April 2015) that it took away from their duties on X-Men: Apocalypse (currently in production).

Much of what was perceived to be a massive bungling of the movie and its franchise stemmed from Trank’s apparent unease at managing the social media aspects of the movie while in production, combined with a near complete vacuum with respect to the advance marketing, combined with what seemed to be an endless stream of bad news from the set during filming in New Orleans. The first trailer looked dreadful, and the pre-press had fans howling in outrage.

The Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell and opens August 7th.

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